Experimental investigation of the quality and productivity of Software Factories based development

Andrej Krajnc1, Marjan Heričko1, Črt Gerlec1, Uroš Goljat1 and Gregor Polančič1

  1. University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Smetanova ulica 17, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
    {andrej.krajnc1, marjan.hericko, crt.gerlec, uros.goljat, gregor.polancic}@ uni-mb.si


Software organizations are always looking for approaches that help improve the quality and productivity of developed software products. Quality software is easy to maintain and reduces the cost of software development. The Software Factories (SF) approach is one of the approaches to provide such benefits. In this paper, the quality and productivity benefits of the SF approach were examined and evaluated with an experiment involving two treatments - the traditional and the SF approach. For the purposes of this experiment, the Goal – Question – Metric (GQM) approach was used. Participants were grouped into thirty-two teams. There were sixteen projects available. The results were evaluated and presented through quality and productivity criteria, which were used for the experimental study. The results showed that the Software Factories approach was significantly better than the traditional approach.

Key words

software factories approach, benefits, quality, productivity, experiment

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Volume 9, Issue 2 (June 2012)
Year of Publication: 2012
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Krajnc, A., Heričko, M., Gerlec, Č., Goljat, U., Polančič, G.: Experimental investigation of the quality and productivity of Software Factories based development. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 9, No. 2, 667-689. (2012), https://doi.org/10.2298/CSIS110720007K